I have been playing on this site, on and off enthusiasm-wise, for around 3 years.
I started with very little experience, played with dad growing up when the power went out.
Now, after hundreds of rated games and blitz, I feel much more confident in my moves and decision making.
This is mostly due to the advice I've received on these forums, namely
a) develop pieces early, take your time, check threats (especially check check threats!!!)
b) study lots and lots of tactical problems
It's largely due to these reasons, plus experience, I'm nearing my ratings goal of 1600.
I used to see tactics problems and say "cool, but my pieces are never aligned to implement that."
Now I can not only recognize opportunities, but can also interject when my opponent is maneuvering for checks or material gain.
Sure, I still make brutal game-losing blunders, completely ignoring the "check checks" rule before hitting submit.
Some recent examples of this: Game 7146215 Game 6989828
However, I also found I have been drawing more as well. Against like-ranked opponents,
when no pieces are horribly blundered, I am finding it difficult to work a win out of an end-game where I'm up a pawn
or seem to be in good position to promote pawns. A few examples of this to take a look at: Game 7180500 Game 7179781
(I should also mention that I was also able to work a very satisfying win recently too, Game 7176363
so I'm not completely incompetent.)
So,now, finally, my question to the forum: how do I turn these draw games into wins?
I have put them on winboard and jammed a "computer vs. computer" analysis on them, and it seems ambiguous at best.
What is the best strategy for dealing with these positions? If the game is starting to look like a pawn-up endgame,
what should I be doing to prepare for it? Any feedback would be highly appreciated.
I am already thankful for all the passive advice I've received reading these forums and talking to opponents so thanks,